List of many of the archives and libraries holding useful material for researching the environment of the River Thames and Thames region.

In several cases it's possible to search the archive catalogues online. Not all archival collections are fully catalogued in the first place, so the comprehensiveness of online catalogues varies.

Another good starting point for online searches for historical records is Access to Archives on The National Archives website. You can search for records relating to individuals and organisations across the UK.

Archives for the River Thames

Please click on an archive below to find out more about the collections and how to access them.

(It is important to check the websites and - in some cases - to contact archives in advance to find out about appointments, access to specific records and any closure periods.)

Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service

Address

Riverside Building, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford MK42 9AP.

Website

http://www.bedfordshire.gov.uk/CommunityAndLiving/ArchivesAndRecordOffice/ArchivesAndRecordOffice.aspx

This archive is useful for those interested in researching water resource issues in Essex and East Anglia as well as Bedfordshire. Its collections on the whole are not directly relevant to the River Thames itself. Among its records are:

  • Papers for some of the water undertakings in Bedfordshire that were later transferred to the Anglian Water Authority in 1974.
  • Papers for Internal Drainage Boards set up under the Land Drainage Act 1930 (Section 24) (1941-1970: Ref X613/13)
  • Work on the Great Ouse/Ely Ouse-Essex Scheme that transferred water from the Great Ouse to the Essex Rivers Authority area (later part of the Anglian Water Authority).
  • Ministry of Health / Ministry of Housing and Local Government Water Supply / water resource surveys
  • There are fisheries related records in the interesting F.G.R. Soper Collection.
  • Third London Airport papers (1960s-80s)
  • Local newspapers

Berkshire Record Office (BRO)

Address

9 Coley Avenue, Reading, Berkshire RG1 6AF

Website

http://www.berkshirerecordoffice.org.uk/

The archive is valuable for those interested in the non-tidal River Thames and water resource issues in Berkshire and the Thames Valley. Among many other records are:

  • Records of the Thames Navigation Commissioners (1771-1866)
  • Papers of the Treacher family, surveyors to the Thames Navigation
  • Papers relating to Thames Conservancy for the upper river (1866-1974)
  • Kennet & Avon Canal
  • Local newspapers

Bishopsgate Institute Library & Archive Collections

Address

230 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4QH

Website

http://www.bishopsgate.org.uk/library

This beautiful late Victorian building near Liverpool Street Station houses a library with a large collection of books on London and the River Thames. There are no restrictions on using the library.

British Library (St. Pancras)

Address

The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

Website

http://www.bl.uk/

The British Library (BL) holds most books and journals published in Great Britain. Books from the BL can be requested through local libraries on inter-library loan. Access to the library itself requires a reader's card.

British Library Newspapers

Address

British Library Newspapers, Colindale Avenue, London NW9 5HE

Website

http://www.bl.uk/reshelp/inrrooms/blnewspapers/newsrr.html

Local papers are fantastic sources for water debates and difficulties. From droughts to floods, the press love a water story.

The BL Newspaper Library holds local and national papers on microfilm or in print. A long-term digitisation project is also underway. The newspaper library's base at Colindale closed for good in 2013. The collection is to be made available instead at the British Library's St Pancras headquarters from April 2014.

Click here for the online catalogue (and information on how to use it to search for newspapers).

Cirencester Local and Family History Centre

Address

Cirencester Library, The Waterloo, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 2PZ

Website

http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/archives/index.aspx?articleid=109252

This centre is part of Gloucestershire Archives, and holds additional records that may be of interest for the South Cotswolds area, including:

  • Local newspapers, including some catalogued articles (e.g. Wiltshire and Gloucestershire Standard, including online index; Cirencester Times, 1856 to 1871)
  • Records for the Thames and Severn Canal (nineteenth century)

East Sussex Record Office

Address

The Keep, Woollards Way, Brighton BN1 9BP

Website

http://www.thekeep.info/

This archive has re-opened following its move to The Keep. It holds collections useful for researching the Thames estuary, and inland and coastal issues for the south and south-east. These include:

  • Local newspapers
  • Historic maps, photographs and other images
  • Records of local drainage and water undertakings later absorbed into the Southern Water Authority under 1973 Water Act and National Rivers Authority in 1989 (Commissioners of Sewers, etc.)
  • Southern Water Authority: Printed reports and publicity (1974-82)

Essex Record Office (ERO)

Address

Wharf Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 6YT

Website

http://www.essex.gov.uk/Libraries-Archives/Record-Office/Pages/Record-Office.aspx

This archive holds several collections useful for researching the tidal Thames, Thames estuary, east coast, and Anglian region:

  • Local newspapers; some collections of newspaper cuttings from national papers (e.g. C. J. Saywell's collection includes 1928 flood, development of Canvey Island, demolition of St. Osyth tidal mill (1927-1931)
  • Historic maps, photographs and other images
  • Essex River Board minutes (1948-64)
  • Essex River Authority minutes (1964-74)
  • Local water undertakings later absorbed into regional water authorities under 1973 Water Act
  • Records of the Anglian Water Authority and the National Rivers Authority, including:
  • Essex Fisheries Advisory Committee meeting minutes, 1974-1978;
  • Essex Local Land Drainage Committee and Subcommittee meeting minutes 1974-1996 (Essex Local Flood Defence Committee from 1989)
  • Anglian Water Authority tidal defence scheme, Canvey Island and other parts of Essex Coast/Thames Estuary
  • County Structure Plans
  • East Coast flood 1953 (films, etc)
  • Maplin Airport Scheme and Roskill Commission, 1960s-'70s
  • Papers relating to Hanningfield Reservoir built 1950s
  • Essex Sound and Video Archive includes oral history for the county

Gloucestershire Archives

Address

Clarence Row, Alvin Street, Gloucester GL1 3DW

Website

http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/archives

This archive holds several collections useful for researching the non-tidal Thames and Thames river basin including:

  • Local newspapers
  • Maps, photographs and other images
  • Local water undertakings later absorbed into regional water authorities under 1973 Water Act, e.g. Cotswold Water Board
  • Records of water and drainage authorities deposited by Severn Trent Water Authority
  • Gloucestershire County Council records (from 1889)
  • Local development plans
  • Upper Thames plans
  • Some Thames Conservancy papers

Guildhall Library

Address

Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury, London EC2V 7HH

Website

http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/visiting-the-city/archives-and-city-history/guildhall-library/Pages/default.aspx

Guildhall Library is a public reference library run by the Corporation of London. It has a fantastic range of books on open bookshelves on London and the River Thames. More books and archive items are available with a readers card.

It has a good online catalogue for searching individual names and places.

Records include:

  • Historic maps, photographs and other images
  • Greater London Development Plan, 1960s-'70s
  • Publications by London County Council, 1889-1965
  • Publications by Greater London Council, 1965-86
  • London County Plan, 1940s
  • Publications by Thames Conservancy
  • Publications by London Rivers Association, 1980s-2000s
  • Publications by the Thames Landscape Strategy, 1990s-2000s

Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies

Address

Register Office Block, CHR 002, County Hall, Pegs Lane, Hertford SG13 8EJ

Website

http://www.hertsdirect.org/services/leisculture/heritage1/hals/

This archive holds some papers that could be useful for those interested in the River Lee Catchment, the Thames river basin, and issues linking Greater London and Hertfordshire:

  • Local newspapers
  • Historic maps, photographs and other images
  • Records for River Lee Trust, River Lee Water Company, River Lee Navigation, Lee Water Sewage and Navigation Company, Lee Conservancy, 19th-20th centuries
  • Some records for the Metropolitan Water Board (1904-1974)
  • Some records for Thames Water Authority flood alleviation in Ware

Kent History and Library Centre

Address

James Whatman Way, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1LQ

Website

http://www.kent.gov.uk/kenthistorycentre

This archive holds several valuable sets of records the tidal Thames, Thames and Medway estuaries, and the Kent coast including:

  • Local newspapers
  • Historic maps, photographs and other images
  • Local water undertakings later absorbed into the Southern Water Authority under the 1973 Water
  • Kent River Board (1948-64)
  • Kent River Authority (1964-73), including pollution, sewerage and coastal defence issues, relations with Port of London Authority
  • Southern Water Authority (some records)
  • Third London Airport Plans, including Cliffe
  • County Structure Plan

London Metropolitan Archives

Address

40 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0HB

Website

http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/visiting-the-city/archives-and-city-history/london-metropolitan-archives/Pages/default.aspx

The London Metropolitan Archives collections are essential for researching the environment of the River Thames. The collections are well catalogued and easy to use (once you have a readers card).
These are the main collections for researching the Thames:

Thames Conservancy

Click here for historic records of the Port of London, Thames Conservancy and Thames Navigation. You can also download a pdf catalogue for this part of the Thames collection, dating from 1505 to 1994 (Ref. CLA/037).

London County Council (1889-1965)

The London County Council (LCC), which replaced the Metropolitan Board of works in 1889, took charge of London's sewage works and kept detailed records of river quality for the Thames. The LCC were responsible for the earliest sludge vessels that conveyed London's sewage downriver and dumped it in the outer estuary/North Sea from 1889. The LCC vessels were named after prominent London politicians, engineers and so on (e.g. SS Burns, SS Will Crooks, SS Bazalgette, SS Binnie, SS Barking).

Greater London Council (1965-86)

The Greater London Council, replacing the LCC, continued to monitor the Thames from the 1960s until its abolition in the 1980s. Topics in this collection include: sewerage; waste disposal work across Greater London (including the Thames refuse boats); the riverside landscape work of the Planning Department; the Greater London Development Plan; work and campaigns relating to the planning, closure and re-development of London's docklands.

London's Water Companies

These records are invaluable for anyone researching the history of London's water supply. 'Thames Water Predecessors' (Ref: Acc/2558) is the main set of records for the early London water companies and Metropolitan Water Board (MWB: 1904-74).

The most complete records are those of the eight private water companies whose assets were transferred to the MWB in 1904, listed below.

  • New River Company (1619)
  • Chelsea Waterworks (1723)
  • Southwark Waterworks (1760)
  • Lambeth Waterworks (1785)
  • West Middlesex Company (1806)
  • East London Waterworks (1807)
  • Kent Waterworks (1809)
  • Grand Junction Waterworks (1811)
  • Southwark & Vauxhall Waterworks (1845)

Click on this page for more information and access to a full pdf of the catalogue for these records.

See also Metropolitan Water Board Predecessors (Ref: Acc/3818) for 19th- and 20th- century water infrastructure and contracts.

For a list of films at the LMA, relating to the river, sewerage and water supply, see this web-guide Thames on Film. Keyword searches on the LMA's online catalogue will return scores of interesting avenues for research.

London School of Economics (LSE) Digital Library

Website

http://digital.library.lse.ac.uk/

The LSE have digitised some of their large collection of documents and images in a 'Digital Library'. This is fully searchable and can be viewed online.

A search for the keyword 'Thames', for instance, brings up this image of Lambeth residents in 1877 following the 'annual tidal overflow of the Thames'.

Museum of London Docklands

Address

Museum of London Docklands, West India Quay, Canary Wharf, London E14 4AL

Website

http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/collections-research/about-collections/port-london-authority-archive/

This archive is the jewel in the crown for port historians and anyone interested in the history of navigation, shipping and international trade. Its collection is also valuable for those wanting to research the environment of the Thames over the past two hundred years.

The collections are extensive and cataloguing of them is on-going. Access to the archive is by appointment only, so forward planning is necessary for a visit. Please click here for further details of access. For enquiries (and to book an appointment) you can email the Museum at info.docklands@museumoflondon.org.uk.

From this webpage you can access more information on the Port of London Authority Archive, the PLA Library, the Non Port of London Authority (PLA) archives, the Port and River Film Resources, and objects in the Port & River Collection.

Some further information on these archives is below.

Port of London Authority (PLA) records

These form the base of the Port and River Archives. They have been much used by historians of port history and labour relations in the London docks. But the records are also an invaluable, under-used resource for environmental history.

Interesting strands include e.g. river pollution and conservancy, research into tides and fish stocks in the river, policy debates over regulation for international shipping and flooding. For those interested in port development, there is a large collection on the controversial seaport and airport plans for Maplin Sands in Essex from the 1960s to 1970s. These form a precursor to current debates over plans for an airport in the estuary and riverside marshes in Essex and North Kent.

Records include:

  • PLA Annual Reports
  • PLA Board Minutes
  • PLA River Committee Minutes
  • The records inherited by the PLA when it was set up in 1909 include e.g.

Minute Books of the City of London Corporation Navigation Committee (1770-1857)
Minute books and archives of the Thames Conservancy (1857-1909)
Minute Books and records of the private dock companies. As well as minutes of committees, reports and correspondence, there are also charts and maps and thousands of images.

Papers in the British Ports Authority (BPA) Collection (non-PLA Archives) are a good potential source for environmental research and port industry reactions to national and international policies. e.g.

  • Environmental regulations for the water industry and rivers
  • International oil pollution regulations
  • Port reorganisation and nationalisation

London Wharfingers Association (LWA)

The LWA represented owners and operators of wharves along the river up to 1990. They were involved in debates over riverside development, before and during the closure of the London docks. Representatives sat on GLC committees and the PLA Board up to the 1980s. Their papers are held in the Museum.

There are also privately deposited collections, such as the J.H. Bunge Archive. 

Julius Otto Henry Bunge MI Mech E, Hon. Secretary of the Thames Barrage Association, was an advocate of a placid, tideless river in London from the 1930s to 1960s. His aim was a fixed barrage across the river below London to keep out tidal flooding and create a watery highway suitable for recreation and commercial 'water bus' services through the capital. Novelist A.P. Herbert was a prominent supporter. The debate between a fixed barrage and moveable barrier was still alive in the late 1960s, but the cause was ultimately frustrated. The barrage/barrier debates was decided in favour of the Thames Barrier at Silvertown, now thirty years old. Decades of campaigning can be traced in these papers.

Oxfordshire History Centre

Address

St Luke's Church, Temple Road, Cowley, Oxford OX4 2HT

Website

http://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/public-site/oxfordshire-history-centre


This archive holds several collections useful for researching the non-tidal Thames and Thames river basin including:

  • Local newspapers (Oxford Mail, etc.)
  • Maps and photographs
  • Local water undertakings later absorbed into regional water authorities under 1973 Water Act, e.g. Thames Valley Water Board
  • Thames Water Authority Annual Reports and misc. records
  • Oxfordshire County Council records (from 1889)
  • Local development plans
  • Upper Thames plans
  • Oral history and Sound recordings (e.g. BBC Radio Oxford)
  • Oxford Canal Company

Surrey History Centre

Address

130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey GU21 6ND

Website

http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/recreation-heritage-and-culture/archives-and-history/surrey-history-centre

This archive holds several collections useful for researching the non-tidal Thames and Thames river basin including:

  • Local newspapers
  • Historic maps and photographs
  • Local water undertakings (e.g. Corporation of Guildford), including those later absorbed into regional water authorities under 1973 Water Act
  • Surrey County Council records
  • Local development plans
  • Upper Thames plans
  • Some Thames Conservancy papers
  • papers relating to River Wandle, flooding in upper Thames region (e.g. West Molesey 1960s; Thames Water Authority Flood Alleviation schemes for the Mole and Wey rivers; flood action groups)

The National Archives (TNA)

Address

The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU

Website

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/

The National Archives hold the records of the UK government, including all departments and ministries responsible for the port, river and water resources, sewerage and pollution control. It therefore has a vast, well-catalogued collection of reports, correspondence and publications on the River Thames.
The archive catalogue is fully searchable. A small percentage of its collection has been digitised and can be ordered for electronic delivery (by email). A search of the keyword 'Thames', for example, brought up 5,619 record available digitally. Click here to search for 'All Collections' or 'Online Collections'. TNA can be visited with a readers ticket.

NB. TNA is moving from a 30 year closure rule to a 20 years, so some sources for the mid-1980s are already becoming available.

Some of the main departments relevant for the River Thames are listed below. The National Archives reference for the department is in brackets.

Admiralty, Naval Forces, Royal Marines, Coastguards, etc (ADM)

Topics in this collection include: maps, charts and plans; work on tides; ships logs; information on wrecks in the Thames estuary.

Click here for organisational history for this collection on TNA website.

Atomic Energy Authority (AB)

Topics in this collection include: discharges of radioactive waste into Thames and other rivers (1950s onwards); radioactive waste authorisations in the Thames Valley; the UK Atomic Energy Authority's agreements with the Thames Conservancy. See also 'Cabinet Office' (CAB)

Click here for organisational history for this collection on TNA website.

Board of Trade (BT)
Topics in this collection include: records for Thames as tourist attraction; pleasure boats; River Thames Society; Thames Conservancy; contracts for sewage outlets.

Click here for organisational history for this collection on TNA website.

Cabinet Office (CAB)
Topics in this collection include: embankment of Thames (19th century); Thames barrage (1930s) and Thames Barrier; radioactive waste disposal into River Thames; disposal of tritium waste into the river (1960s). See also 'Atomic Energy Authority' (AB).

Click here for organisational history for this collection on TNA website.

Records of the Registry of Trade Unions and Employers Associations (NF)
Topics in this collection include: River Thames Ship Repairers Association / Thames Ship and Boat Builders Association (1970s).

Click here for organisational history for this collection on TNA website.

National Parks Commission / Countryside Commission (COU)

Topics in this collection include: planning and correspondence for the Thames Riverside Walk/Thames Path (1950s onwards); coastal preservation and development (maps, etc).

Click here for organisational history for this collection on TNA website.

Crown Estate (CRES)

Topics in this collection include: ownership of River Thames (bed and foreshore); property records for Thames riverside and aits; papers relating to Thames Conservancy, Port of London and Port of London Authority; Thames embankments; Thames bridges; Thames river walks and towpaths; Thames Barrier; Thames fishing; coastal issues.

Click here for organisational history for this collection on TNA website.

Department of Economic Affairs (EW)

Topics in this collection include: River Thames amenities and tourism (1960s); regional economic planning.

Click here for organisational history for this collection on TNA website.

Dept of the Environment and successors (1970-) (AT)

Topics in this collection include: water resources; drought; flooding, Thames barrier, Third London Airport; sewerage; environmental pollution; river pollution.

This department took over water and sewerage re-organisation in 1970 and was responsible for the 1973 Water Act. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is the successor body, est. 2001.

Click here for organisational history for this collection on TNA website.

Dept of Scientific and Industrial Research, 1940s-60s (DSIR)

Topics in this collection include: research into Thames pollution and subsequent clean-up of the River Thames in post-war period (1940s-60s). See also AY 2: DSIR: Water Pollution Research Board: Reports (AY2).

Click here for organisational history for this collection on TNA website.

Department of Trade and Industry, 1970-1974 (incl. predecessors/successors) (FV)

Topics in this collection include: Price Commission investigation into Thames Water Authority (1970s; see also Price Commission).

Click here for organisational history of the DTI on TNA website.

Health and Safety Commission (EF)

Topics in this collection include: Safety on River Thames, including papers relating to the Marchioness disaster on 20 August 1989.

Click here for organisational history for this collection on TNA website.

HM Treasury (T)
Topics in this collection include: Thames Barrage/Barrier schemes; cost-benefit analyses, etc.

Click here for organisational history for this collection on TNA website.

Medical Research Council Records and predecessors (FD)

Topics in this collection include: papers, correspondence, meetings on tritium in liquid radioactive wastes discharged into the Thames, 1961-65 (closed till Jan 2016).

Click here for organisational history for this collection on TNA website.

Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (to 2001) (MAF)

This ministry (MAFF) was responsible for land drainage and its work was closely interconnected with that of the Ministry of Housing and Local Government, Dept of the Environment, etc. though its priorities here were distinct. MAFF was merged into Defra in 2001.

Topics in this collection include: land drainage; flood defence; water resources; agricultural irrigation; rural water supplies; planning for water act 1973; sewerage.

Click here for organisational history for this collection on TNA website.

Ministry of Health (MH)

Topics in this collection include: records of Local Government Board which oversaw London water supply, 1871-1919; Lower Thames Valley Main Sewerage Board (19th century); Thames flooding contingency plans.

Click here for organisational history for this collection on TNA website.

Ministry of Housing and Local Government (to 1970) (HLG)

Topics in this collection include: sanitary, water and sewerage issues 19th/20 century; London County Council / Greater London Council and river; River Thames pollution; local government planning, riverside land use and rivers; Thames-Side amenities; tidal flood defence; radiation in Thames area.

Click here for organisational history for this collection on TNA website.

Ministry of Power (POWE)

Topics in this collection include: riverside land use for energy infrastructure, including North Thames Gas Board, development at Canvey Island, Isle of Grain; pipelines.

Click here for organisational history for this collection on TNA website.

Ministry of Transport and successors (MT)

Topics in this collection include: Port of London Authority; port/harbour development nationally and locally; Channel Tunnel papers; inland waterways.

See also 'British Waterways/Canal & River Trust' in 'Statutory Organisations' section of this River Thames Research Guide.

Click here for organisational history for this collection on TNA website.

Ministry for Land and Natural Resources, 1965-67 (JH)

This short-lived ministry had responsibility for water resources and the Water Resources Board.
Topics in this collection include: Thames Barrage / Thames Barrier; inland waterways; the Ministry's Natural Resources Planning Unit (1956-67).

Click here for TNA's organisational history for Ministry for Land and Natural Resources.

Nature Conservancy, Nature Conservancy Council and English Nature (FT)

Topics in this collection include: nature reserves; proposed port developments; riverside and coastal industrial development, e.g. Dungeness Nuclear Power Station; public inquiries.

Natural England is the successor body to these organisations.

Click here for organisational history for this collection on TNA website.

National Ports Council (NPC)

Topics in this collection include: ports policy; dock labour; containerisation; nationalisation plans; Port of London.

Click here for organisational history for this collection on TNA website.

Office of Water Services/OFWAT and Water Services Regulation Authority (JC)

OFWAT is the Water Services Regulation Authority or economic regulator of the water and sewerage sectors in England and Wales. Some of its papers are available at TNA, including consultation papers for the Thames Water's takeover by RWE AG.

Click here for organisational history for this collection on TNA website.

Ordnance Survey of Great Britain (OS)

Topics in this collection include: some historic / recent surveys and documents relating to the River Thames.
Click here for organisational history for this collection on TNA website.

Price Commission (CX)

Topics in this collection include: Price Commission investigation into Thames Water Authority (1970s).
See also Department of Trade and Industry (FV).

Click here for organisational history for this collection on TNA website.

Prime Minister's Office (PREM)

Topics in this collection include: Thames tidal flooding; Third London Airport development/Maplin Sands.

Click here for organisational history for this collection on TNA website.

Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (CY)

Topics in this collection include: research and writing of reports on environmental pollution, 1970 onwards.
See also 'Statutory Organisations' section of River Thames Research Guide.

Among the Commission's reports were:

Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution: Reports. Third Report. Pollution in some British Estuaries and Coastal Waters. Cmnd 5054 (London: HMSO, 1972).

Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution. Sixteenth Report. Freshwater Quality. Cmnd 1966 (London: HMSO, 1992).

Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution. Twenty-Fifth Report. Turning the Tide: Addressing the Impact of Fisheries on the Marine Environment. Cmnd 6392(London: HMSO, 2004). (Report available online at: http://www.fcrn.org.uk/sites/default/files/Turning_the_tide_%20Report.pdf)

Click here for organisational history for this collection on TNA website.

Various Research Institutes and Councils (AY)

Topics in this collection include: reports of Water Pollution Research Board, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research 1950s-60s AY 2); scientific research into other rivers, including the Tees and Mersey.
See also Dept of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR)

Click here for organisational history for this collection on TNA website.

River & Rowing Museum

Address

River & Rowing Museum, Mill Meadows, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 1BF

Website

http://rrm.co.uk/

This museum at Henley-on-Thames (home to the Henley Regatta) is the base for a large collection of objects, ephemera, prints, books and papers for the Thames.

Among its collection are:

  • Papers of the River Thames Society
  • Objects and items relating to leisure boating, angling and the Thames Conservancy

Thames Barrier Information Centre

Address

1 Unity Way, Woolwich, LondonSE18 5NJ

Website

http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/38353.aspx

The flood barrier at Woolwich was completed in 1984, after decades of debate kickstarted by the severe storm surge on the east coast in 1953. It was designed for the Greater London Council by Rendel, Palmer and Tritton. You can see the barrier and find out more at this Information Centre run by the Environment Agency.

Thames Learning Group

Website

http://www.thameslearninggroup.co.uk/

This website is a valuable portal for educational resources and venues for everyone from schoolchildren to researchers. Its map links to museums, nature parks and projects all along the river, from the Thames Path National Trail to Southend Museum. Spearheaded by the Thames Estuary Partnership and River & Rowing Museum, it is supported the Environment Agency, Port of London Authority, Thames Water and the Lottery Fund.

Wilts and Swindon History Centre

Address

Cocklebury Road, Chippenham, SN15 3QN

Website

http://www.wshc.eu/


This archive holds several collections useful for researching the non-tidal Thames and Thames river basin including:

  • Local newspapers
  • Maps and photographs
  • Local water undertakings later absorbed into regional water authorities under 1973 Water Act
  • Thames Water Company (Cotswolds Division) papers
  • Wessex Water Authority papers
  • Thames Water Authority Annual Reports
  • Wiltshire County Council records
  • Some records for the National Rivers Authority / Environment Agency (1990s)
  • Local development plans
  • Upper Thames plans